Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 7, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
The theme of the Epiphany really completes the spirit of the Mass for Christmas Day.
Isaiah foretold that "all the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our God." And the Gospel for that Mass had promised that all people would eventually be the chosen ones. ". . . To those who did accept Him, He gave power to become children of God." And now, on the Epiphany, the light from the skies is intensified a hundred, a thousandfold, and the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that "nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance."
To the amazement of all in that region, there came foreign scholars—wise men—kings! Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh! What courage and perseverance those strangers had shown, to brave the dangers of travel, skepticism, and political intrigue. But they found what they were looking for and fell to their knees in homage, for their learning had made them humble, and their wisdom led them to recognize the Divine in the fragile flesh of the child.
But for all their simple faith, their wisdom was sharp enough to detect the sham delight and murderous intentions of the wily Herod. And so they paid their respects, left their gifts, and modestly departed for their homeland, sorrowfully aware of the terrible price justice must pay for peace.
Their role in history has been accomplished—to teach us all to follow the guidance of the Almighty, to accept our own role as Bearers of the Light, and to follow this Christ into His Mission, to partake of His Passion, and to join the millions through the ages who will preach His Gospel of universal salvation.
The Son of God is the one Judge and Arbiter of Truth and the one Source of Light, but we are all called to be "epiphanies," providing glimpses of that Truth, showing the way in our own small spots of time and circumstance to a larger plan and destiny.
O Princely Child, make of us all, wise men, courageous women, obedient children who will follow wherever You lead us until we reign with you in the only heaven where love is fulfilled in joy, and all darkness lost in a Light that never ends. Amen.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)
Sunday, January 7, 2007
The Epiphany of the Lord
Lives of the saints:
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